Tuesday, 16 September 2008

Public meeting: 2pm Saturday 27 September - The gas and electric rip-off: what can we do?

With endless increase after increase in gas and electricity bills, on top of the other rising costs of living, millions of working people this winter will face an uphill struggle to keep themselves and their family warm. Help the Aged report that each year over 25,000 die from preventable cold-related illness, and at least 2.5 million people live in single heated rooms in order to keep warm and save on heating costs.

Yet at the same time this distaster is happening the profits energy companies are making are ballooning out of control year after year adding to the chasm that is increasing between the rich and poor. Pressure is building to halt this hideous inequality of capitalism and tonight's meeting hosted by the Brighton branches of Socialist Party has been called to seek answers and solutions to this crisis.

Would a windfall tax really help? Has the privatisation of our once publicaly-owned energy companies worked to benefit everyone? What answers do the three main parties offer?

Hannah Sell, the deputy general secretary of the Socialist Party and author of 'Socialism in the 21st Century', will open the meeting with a introduction on the crisis followed by an open discussion on the problems and alternative solutions from a socialist perspective. Come along and take part in this important debate. Everyone is welcome.

Meet 2pm, Saturday 27 September, Phoenix Centre, Pheonix Place, Brighton. (See our map in the left-hand column).